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Things you may want to know when considering emigrating to Canada

  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne was inspired by a Canadian bear cub, Winnipeg that was transported from Canada to London in the 1900’s. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, loved to visit the zoo to see “Winnie” and thus was the source of inspiration for his father’s book.
  • There are parts of Canada that have less gravity than anywhere else in the world. In Hudson Bay is where you will experience it the most.  You will probably weigh less too and “lose” weight by not dieting at all!
  • Canada has six different time zones. 
  • Canada has the world’s longest coastline. To put that fun fact about Canada into perspective, that accounts for 202,080 of the world’s total 356,000 kilometres of oceanfront property. The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, which has 54,716 km of coastline.
  • Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other in the world. Although mac and cheese traces its roots back to Italy, Canada has certainly helped spread the love for this irresistibly creamy and cheesy dish. Every year, locals indulge in 55% more boxed mac and cheese than Americans. Canadian consume an average of 1.7 million boxes out of the 7 million sold weekly. 
  • Canada has the most lakes of any country in the world. The Great White North has 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres. The Great Lakes alone contain about 18 per cent of the world’s fresh lake water. That’s a lot of water—and a lot of gorgeous scenery.
  • If you’re familiar with Canadian slang, you must have heard “eh” used in everyday conversations. The interjection is often used at the end of a question or to greet someone at a distance. It’s even listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary! 
  • Canada has the only walled city in North America. Quebec City has a special feature that makes it unique in Canada (and the U.S., for that matter): it has walls. One of the most fascinating facts about Canada is that Quebec City is the only city north of Mexico that still has fortified walls. First the French, and later the English, built up Quebec City’s fortifications between the 17th and the 19th centuries. Quebec’s entire historic district, including the ramparts, has since been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Santa has a Canadian address. Every year millions of children send letters to Santa Claus. Have you ever wondered where they go? They are all sent to a Canadian address: The North Pole’s postal address, H0H 0H0. In 2008, Santa also received Canadian citizenship issued by the Immigration Minister. 
  • At the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, just 817 kilometres from the North Pole, you’ll find the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Alert, Nunavut. It might not have malls or movie theatres but Alert is the temporary home to military and scientific personnel working in the area. The “temporary home” part will make sense once you realize how cold this place gets: the warmest month, July, has a balmy average temperature of 3.4 C (38.1 F). By January, the coldest month, the mean temperature has plunged to -32.19 C (-26 F). No wonder they named it Alert.